Andros, the northernmost island of the Cyclades, has a long maritime tradition. Explore sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, water springs, hills and green plains!
The capital of the island, Chοra (which means “main village”) is home to many famous Greek captains and ship owners; Take a look at the remarkable combination of medieval, neoclassical and island style houses. Walk the village down the flights of stairs, around the public square and its narrow streets, visit some remarkable churches and museums, and take a break in its beautiful shops, cafes and restaurants. Don’t miss the Frankish castle located on an islet across the main island connected with an arched stone bridge dating back to the 13th century.
Touring the Island
Enjoy the flora of the main island; chestnut, walnut, plane, oak, weeping willows, poplar, mulberry, chased and olive trees. Follow the sign posted stone paved trails that run around the island’s fields and enjoy the aromas of thyme, crocus and sage along the way. Make a point in visiting the inland village of Messaria, which was of great significance during the Byzantine Period, as well as Faneromeni’s castle built in the 11 century at 600 m. Stop by the monasteries of Zoodochos Pigi in Batsi and Panagia Tomarhiani in Korthi and admire stunning views as well as important collections of heirlooms and manuscripts.
Andros is definitely worth a visit and can be seen solely as a cultural tourism destination, thanks to its museums. The globally acknowledged Museum of Modern Art, managed by the Vassilis and Eliza Goulandris Foundation, houses unique collections of paintings and sculptures, whereas the Archaeological Museums in Chοra and Paleοpolis showcase the island’s long turbulent history. The Cyclades Olive Museum located at Pitrofos village is a fine example of a small pre-industrial olive oil producing unit that is definitely a must-see site.